Advertised as a medieval village, Dornes is a common village with a couple of medieval remains, but with a great landscape, in a place suitable to calm vacation by the dam. It has a hotel and a restaurante, but I didn´t try them. It was, however, a very nice stop.
This small settlement, so small that VT lists only the main village nearby, Vila Flor, is a sort of castle in nowhere land. Atop the hill a small chapel is a good sightseeing point, but the general look of the village is not too appealing, For those who prefer to skip the touristy places, Amieira do Tejo may be a perfect option.
"Do Tejo" means by the river, but the village is a couple of kilometers far from Tejo, I followed the road to reach it, but it didn´t add much to the whole - agriculture by the river, and nothing else.
A nice castle, " lost" in the interior of Portugal, in a nice landscape enhanced by the reflexions in the waters of the local dam, Belver is a nice detail for a good detour while travelling inland Portugal,
The Holy Cross Church or Igreja de Santa Cruz in Braga is one of the finest churches in that lovely city. As an attraction it tends to be overlooked by the magnificent Se and the nearby Bom Jesus de Monte. Built in the 17th century, it is the best example of baroque architecture within the city. Much of the church fell into disrepair in the 18th century and was rebuilt in 1739. The exterior is the only original part of the church. As in all Portuguese churches, the interior is very extravagantly decorated.
Ilha de Tavira or Tavira Island, is a vacation spot accessible only by boat off the Tavira dock in Tavira, Algarve. The boat ride to the island will cost you a little over one euro.
The island has camping grounds, restaurants, bars and of course, a beach. People from all over Europe go there to enjoy the summer sun, food and festivities. There is a very pleasant communal atmosphere on the island. However, it is best not to leave your things unguarded, for in recent years there have been a few reports of stolen cell phones and other personal items from the tents on the camping grounds.
The restaurants are not very cheap according to Portuguese standards, but foreigners will not find it expensive there. The restaurants serve wonderful fish dishes caught fresh by local fishermen, and the bars are lively until about 2:00am.
To the far right of the island there is a clothing optional beach, so don't be alarmed. On the beach there is a place where you can rent water bikes. and there are a couple of places where you can play volleyball, soccer and even go fishing. If you want to just relax and have a cocktail on the beach while listening to some summer beats, there is no lack of places for that either.
The last ferry leaves at about 11:00pm, so if you wish to go to the mainland after that hour, you can always catch a watertaxi. The watertaxi will cost about 10 euros, but it is well worth it if you desire to take in some of Tavira's nightlife. If you wish to stay on the island at night, however, there is always something going down on the beach after the bars close. Usually people get together on the beach, by the chezlongs, and have a merry time playing guitar and djembe, and singing, dancing, drinking and socializing with other fellow campers/travelers. Overall it is a nice way to spend a couple days if you are in the area.
If you are near Tavira, Algarve, and you are one of those people that detest tan lines, you have come to the right place. There are two places near Tavira where you can find official "naturalist" or nude beaches. One of them is on the far west Praia do Barril. The scenic trip to the beach is lovely on its own. To get to the beach you can either walk for about a mile or you can take the locomotive that passes by every 15 minutes of so, and costs a little over a euro. Once you get to the locomotive stop, you can stay nearby and enjoy the lovely restaurant and the regular beach, or if you feel like getting a full body tan, you can walk for about 20 minutes west (to the right of the boardwalk), and after a while you will find that you have entered clothing optional land... Don't worry, no one there will judge you, feel free to let it all out. :)
Someone at the confrence had the same birthday as me and Diane brought a huge piece of the leftovers from Melhor Bolo de Chocolate do Mundo” (“The World’s Best Chocolate Cake”).
It’s located away from the beaten tourist path, but it’s easy to reach if you step off tram 28 at its final stop in the neighborhood of Campo de Ourique/Prazeres.
Rua Coelho da Rocha, 99 - Campo de Ourique
Óbidos is a great stop you only need a couple of hours to explore the whole city, as you're walking through the walled city it feels like you are walking in ancient Portugal, the whole city has been virtually unchanged, including the Roman aqueducts. Óbidos is a little touristy but worth the stop, we still had a great meal and got to experience our first walled city.Óbidos is a must see!!
If you like to visit remote places, and don't fear narrow and windy roads, Piódão may be your great day.
A small village, perched in the slopes of the mountains, carefully recovered to preserve its typical look, is in the middle of nowhere. You may approach from Coimbra through Arganil, of from Estrela mountain, and, no matter the chosen itinerary, you will be presented with some of the best Portuguese wild landscapes.
Leiria could be chosen as a base to visit Batalha, Alcobaca and Fatima. It is located 129 km north of Lisbon and is on the road to Coimbra.
The main sight of this town is the castle. It was conquered to the Moors by king Alfonso Henriques in 1135. Five years later it was reconquered by them. It returned to the Christian's hands again in 1142. The present version of the castle was built in 1324 by king Dinis as a fortress and summer palace for himself and his wife Isabel of Aragon.
Quinta de Aveleda is is the biggest producer of vinho verde in Portugal and a place that has a very nice manor house with a huge garden that is very nice too.
They also have a shop there where they sell their wines aswell as other portuguese specialities.
You can have tastings there too if you book in advance.
Quinta de Aveleda is located in a town called Penafiel which is a little north East of Porto in the northern part of the country.
The Estação de São Bento is a small but stunning railway station that is essentially a suburban train station for the city of Porto. It is remarkable for the fine azulejo (blue tiles) panels that adorn the walls of the station. For many including me, this is the first attration one might come across when arriving in Porto. The station itself is where you pick up trains to nearby cities like Braga and for the Duoro Valley.
The station was opened in 1916. The Azulejo panels are the creation of Jorge Colaco who was the most important azulejo creator in Portugal at that time. There are more that 20,000 tiles here. Don't be in a hurry and rush through this place on the way to your hotel. Instead spend sometime gazing at these works.
Chaves is way up in the very north of Portugal right by to the Spanish border.
It's a town with quite a bit of roman influence including old roman baths and an old roman bridge over the river.
It has a very pretty old towncenter with traditional stone houses that has wooden balconies which is something that you only see in very few towns in Portugal.
Chaves has two old castles right in the center of town, one of them turned in to a military museum.
The town is really pleasant and is quite green aswell with nice parks and walkways and it's a good place to hike and bike.
The Citadel of Cascais comprises the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Luz de Cascais and the Tower of Santo António Cascais. It was constructed by King João IV in 1488 as a small fortress that was part of a defensive line of fortresses on the right bank of the Tagus River that protected the sea approaches to Lisbon.
In 1580, Spanish forces led by the Duke of Alba took the fortress, which led to the union of the Portuguese and Spanish crowns. In the late sixteenth century, the fortress was enlarged by King Felipe I of Spain, turning it into a citadel and giving it its present low profile and star-shaped floor plan.
The citadel was converted into a summer palace by King Luís I in 1870, and it was used as a royal summer residence up until 1908. King Carlos I had an interest in marine biology, and installed Portugal's first oceanographic laboratory in the citadel in 1896. Nowadays part of the Citadel of Cascais serves as the summer residence of the Portuguese president.
The Citadel of Cascais is located in the center of Cascais, just to the southwest of the Largo 5 de Outubro. A fine example of an early Portuguese fortress, the citadel is one of the town's most popular tourist attractions.
Madeira is located well off the coast of Portugal and has a nature that is very diverse from the mainland because of it´s vulcanic origin.
It´s an island that rises up to almost 2000 meters above sealevel and has some of the most dramatic nature in europe and because of that it is very popular with hikers from around the world who come there to hike the famous levadas.
Madeira has also been a favorite for the rich for many years.
The british upperclass has taken a particular liking to the island and the place is full of 4 and 5 star hotels and it´s not a discount island that is for sure.
Madeira is connected to the world with many flights so should you want to visit then you can easily get there from the portugese mainland aswell as from most western european countries.
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